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Definition 1: allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something - [verb of cognition]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I allow for this possibility
  • The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(allow is a kind of ...) judge to be probable

(... is a kind of allow ) calculate enough money for; provide for in the budget

"I have not budgeted for these expensive meals"

Definition 2: give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause - [verb of cognition]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I will earmark this money for your research
  • She sets aside time for meditation every day

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(allow is a kind of ...) give out

"We were assigned new uniforms"

Definition 3: consent to, give permission - [verb of communication]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband
  • I won't let the police search her basement
  • I cannot allow you to see your exam

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(allow is a kind of ...) give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

"I cannot accept your invitation" "I go for this resolution"

(... is a kind of allow ) put up with something or somebody unpleasant

"I cannot bear his constant criticism" "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks" "he learned to tolerate the heat" "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

(... is a kind of allow ) allow without fear

(... is a kind of allow ) make legal

"Marijuana should be legalized"

(... is a kind of allow ) bestow a privilege upon

(... is a kind of allow ) allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of

"admit someone to the profession" "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"

(... is a kind of allow ) allow to enter; grant entry to

"We cannot admit non-members into our club building" "This pipe admits air"

(... is a kind of allow ) grant authorization or clearance for

"Clear the manuscript for publication" "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"

(... is a kind of allow ) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

"We don't allow dogs here" "Children are not permitted beyond this point" "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"

(... is a kind of allow ) allow to have or take

"I give you two minutes to respond"

(... is a kind of allow ) grant a leave to

"The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"

(allow has a similar meaning as ...) let have

"grant permission" "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"

Definition 4: allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting - [verb of communication]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We don't allow dogs here
  • Children are not permitted beyond this point
  • We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(allow is a kind of ...) consent to, give permission

"She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband" "I won't let the police search her basement" "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

Definition 5: let have - [verb of possession]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • grant permission
  • Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(allow is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

(... is a kind of allow ) grant in a condescending manner

(... is a kind of allow ) put on a fixed allowance, as of food

(allow has a similar meaning as ...) consent to, give permission

"She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband" "I won't let the police search her basement" "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

Definition 6: grant as a discount or in exchange - [verb of possession]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera

(allow is a kind of ...) give a reduction in price on

"I never discount these books-they sell like hot cakes"

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This permits the water to rush in
  • This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement
  • This will permit the rain to run off

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of allow ) allow to go without comment or censure

"the insult passed as if unnoticed"

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • give up a run

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

Definition 9: make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain - [verb of stative]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This leaves no room for improvement
  • The evidence allows only one conclusion
  • allow for mistakes
  • leave lots of time for the trip
  • This procedure provides for lots of leeway

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(allow is a kind of ...) be the cause or source of

"He gave me a lot of trouble" "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"

(allow has a similar meaning as ...) afford possibility

"This problem admits of no solution" "This short story allows of several different interpretations"

Definition 10: afford possibility - [verb of stative]

Samples where allow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This problem admits of no solution
  • This short story allows of several different interpretations

Synonyms for allow in the sense of this definition

(allow has a similar meaning as ...) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

"This leaves no room for improvement" "The evidence allows only one conclusion" "allow for mistakes" "leave lots of time for the trip" "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"

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